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Hockey Canada board chairman Allan Morris dead at age 74

CALGARY - Allan Morris, the chairman of Hockey Canada's board of directors who was involved in the game for more than four decades, has died. He was 74.

Morris died early Tuesday, Hockey Canada said in a statement. "Dr. Allan Morris was the ultimate volunteer and the game of hockey in Canada is better today because of his devotion to the sport he loved," Hockey Canada president and CEO Bob Nicholson, said in the release. "At Hockey Canada, we are all better off for having known and worked with Dr. Morris."

Canada's national teams will be pay tribute to Morris at upcoming international events with all players wearing a special decal commemorating his contributions to hockey in Canada.

Morris, who spent the last two years as the chair of the Hockey Canada board, got his coaching start in his hometown of Wiarton, Ont., in 1961 before moving to Thornhill, Ont., where he worked as a chiropractor.

While in Thornhill, Morris coached his teams to four consecutive Ontario championships at the Peewee, Minor Bantam, Bantam and Minor Midget levels.

He also ran hockey schools in Markham, Ont., for a number of years in the late 1970s before beginning his administrative career as a member of the Ontario Hockey Association board of directors in 1981.

Morris also served as president and chairman of the Ontario Hockey Federation from 1997 to 2001 before joining Hockey Canada.

A funeral will be held Saturday in Georgetown, Ont.

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